Occupying the Graceful Edge:
The students studied local houses to understand building elements and relationships. These were interpreted into a new design that responds to a university agreement to develop the eastern edge of the campus in a way that reflects the scale and character of the existing neighborhood. The issues of scale and form were integrated with an emphasis on sustainable principles.
1572 Villard St. Eugene, OR
The proposed house, modeled below, is compact and simple with a long south-facing wall with lots of windows to capture light and solar heat. The street end of the building is more complex and has a large front porch that provides a slight variation from neighboring houses.
Site Plan and Ground Floor
The house and garage/accessory dwelling unit are pushed toward the northern property line to allow for the greatest amount of sunlight. Major rooms relate to outdoor spaces and the garage is connected to the house with a covered walkway that doubles as a covered porch at the north edge of a large outdoor terrace. The pool at the south edge of the terrace is part of the rainwater catchment system.
North – South Section
The section shows a bio-swale, a rainwater catchment tank repurposed from the basement of an earlier building, the two-story house insulted to Passive House standards, and the driveway to the north. The 7:12 pitch roof mirrors neighborhood roofs and the uninterrupted south slope will support solar water heating and photovoltaic panels.
Floor/Wall/Roof Section Detail
Students researched a range of building systems. The wall section shows the economical and buildable assembly of structure and insulation that meets Passive House standards.
East – West Site Section/Elevation
The drawing shows a section through the entire site from rear (west) to street (east). The accessory dwelling at the left is connected to the house with a covered walkway that helps to define the large outdoor terrace.